Oh, The Free Stuff!

Ah, Shwag


I’ve been doing the whole conference thing for a while. Not as long as some but quite a while. Along the way I’ve collected quite a bit of stuff. I’ve also given away most of it to the local user group too.


Little Things

I always keep a few little things like ducks and note books.

I also keep a few of the drink-ware items too.

Wearable Stuff

Oh the humanity, the amount of clothing I have from conferences is just crazy. I give away quite a bit but always try to keep one shirt or item from everywhere I go.

Carry All Your Stuff

With all those shirts I need all these bags to More >

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A New Year, Time To Get My Learn On!

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